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Arthur Gehrke, the Human Hibernator


Arthur "Turkey" Gehrke of Watertown, Wis., had an odd habit. Every November he would go to bed and stay there until the following April. He told the press, "I hibernate and don't get into trouble; while I may miss some fun, I also miss a lot of disagreeable things." He also said, "If more folks went to bed all winter, there wouldn't be so much trouble and confusion in the world."

Strangely, his business didn't suffer because of his sleep habits. He owned a bar, the Turkey's Roost. He hired a temporary bartender to replace him during his hibernation, and the publicity because of his hibernating actually attracted extra business.

Gehrke began his habit of hibernating in 1913 and continued it until his death in 1942.

Here's some sources where you can read more about him: The Milwaukee Journal - Sep 29, 1935, Watertown History, and the Wisconsin State Journal.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed May 07, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Sleep and Dreams, 1930's

Motorized Skates

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 19, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Eccentrics, Motor Vehicles, Chindogu, 1960's

Andy Rolan, The Donkey Man



Read everything in two columns up till the break, then everything after the break.

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Original article here.



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Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 12, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Eccentrics, Regionalism, 1970's

Human Hamster Wheel

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 06, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Domestic, Eccentrics, Museums, Performance Art

The Cheese Test

A clip from the late-80's cable access program "The Eddie Marshall Show." The guy in the video, Toby Radloff, is actually famous enough to have his own Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Feb 27, 2014 | Comments (15)
Category: Eccentrics, 1980's

Professor Turned Clown

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Discontented with the life of a professor of economics, Dr. Charles Boas became Onions the Clown.

I'm sure this thrilled any living parents who might have helped pay for years of higher education.

Read the whole story here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 05, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Clowns, Eccentrics, 1960's, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Space Lady







Interview here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 05, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Music, Outsider Art

Paul von Boeckmann, Champion Breather

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Original ad here.

Hard to argue with the assertion that one has to breathe to stay alive.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 17, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Twentieth Century, Bodybuilding
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